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the wind coming from the east (Job 27:21; Isaiah 27:8, etc.)
blight caused by this wind, “thin ears” (Genesis 41:6); the withered “gourd” (Jonah 4: 8)
It was the cause and also the emblem of evil (Ezek. 17:10; 19:12; Hos. 13:15).
In Israel, this wind blows from a burning desert, and hence is destitute of moisture necessary for vegetation.